Chicago police to Trump: Tell us about your 'magic bullet' to stop crime
A week after Donald Trump said he believed police in Chicago could stop the increasing levels of violence in the city by being “much tougher” — and implied there was a way to accomplish this feat in a week — the city’s top cop responded by urging him to offer any “magic bullet” he may have.
Trump has repeatedly invoked Chicago’s bloodshed on the campaign trail, part of an overall effort he has made to frame himself as the law-and-order candidate in his race against Hillary Clinton. During public appearances and on social media, Trump repeatedly — and oftentimes misleadingly — cites crime levels and describes a country beset by violence and lawlessness.
In particular, he has referenced Chicago’s gun violence, using the city as a synecdoche for rising homicide levels in some cities across the country. Last week, during an appearance on Fox News, Trump again talked about Chicago and claimed that an unnamed “top police officer” in the city had told him that there was a way to stop the violence in a week. (Chicago police said that neither Trump nor anyone from his campaign met with any senior command staff; a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign declined to identify this officer.)